A meeting is being held today at the Watsonville Civic Center Community room on a proposal to improve levee protection along the Pajaro River. The project seeks to repair existing levees and construct new setback levees and floodwalls. Residents and workers of Pajaro Valley are encouraged to attend the meeting from 6 to 8pm.
On Monday hikers reported a black bear sighting at Jacks Peak Park in Monterey causing park officials to take some precautions. Signs have been put of notifying visitors and game wardens were sent out but no evidence of a bear was found. People are still encouraged to be extra careful and attentive as bears are known to travel through that are occasionally.
Occupants of a homeless encampment in San Lorenzo Park’s Benchlands are being asked to leave for a 24 hour period by the city Parks and Recreation Department. The reason behind the parks temporary closure is to clean up the area and install fences to contain the growing sprawl. The fences are designed to condense the homeless population, as currently they are driving the public away and also to contain the litter being disposed of in the San Lorenzo River.
Temporary closures of some key trails and camps in the Los Padres National Forest are now in effect. Pine Ridge, Terrace Creek, and Ventana Camp trails…..as well as Barlow Flats, Sykes, Redwood, Terrace Creek and Ventana camps. The closures are due to hazardous trail conditions, and will be lifted once those conditions are resolved. Anyone caught in the closed area will face a penalty of 5 thousand dollars and/or 6 months in jail.
A Salinas man has been found guilty of multiple counts of sexual assault for an incident that took place in Salinas in April of this year. Jimmy Alexander was also convicted of kidnapping and robbery. Alexander’s sentencing date has not yet been set.
A woman was stopped after she sped her vehicle past Mar Vista Elementary School this morning. The driver was cited for reckless driving, due to going 85 miles per hour in a 25 mile an hour zone. A group of first graders were being escorted from school to the Aptos Public Library at the time.
In an effort to improve recycling in the city of Pacific Grove, city officials have rolled out new dual trash and recycle containers around the city. The money for the upgraded equipment came from a Cal-Recycle grant. The new receptacles have a full-sized black can for garbage, and a full-sized blue can for recyclables….which are the same colors that the local garbage company uses…..so they should be easy for the public to use correctly.
Kindergartners, in the 3 elementary school districts in Salinas, will be getting library cards. The cards are being delivered this week. It’s the second year in a row for the program, who’s leaders hope it will encourage literacy for these children and their families. Library officials say they have many resources designed to help children and adults…..from programs that can be used to help someone learn to read, apply for citizenship, get their G-E-D, and learn how to use computers.
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